FAHCS is working on both the state and national levels regarding your needs and we will continue to share updates as they become available. THANK YOU for all you are doing for the health and safety of your patients, employees and families! Make sure you continue to check the CDC and CMS websites (linked) for updates. Stay safe and be well. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
ON-GOING COVID RESOURCES:
FAHCS Leadership continues to communicate with and hold conference calls with
AHCA and FAHP to ensure safety and relief for DMEPOS in Florida during this crisis.
CRITICAL NEED FOR PPE
FAHCS has sent a letter to the Governor and the Medicaid offices to underscore the importance of PPE for our industry. Thank you to AAHomecare for assistance with the content.
For a copy of the FAHCS PPE letter, CLICK HERE.
SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF
Here is information on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which is an SBA loan that helps businesses keep workforces employed during the COVID-19 crisis. CLICK HERE
The US Department of the Treasury also provides links for assistance
CGS Q&A BY PROMED
THANK YOU to FAHCS Board Member, Sylvia Toscano and president of Professional Medical Administrators (Pro_Med) for sharing this information and to the audit manager, Noel Neil. They received CGS permission to share the information so with her permission, we are sharing with you. We copied and pasted the questions and response for a simpler read. I am sure it will spark more questions, but we can use those questions to seek further guidance. CLICK HERE for the document summary.
Federal Financial Support for HME Suppliers Handout.pdf
The accelerating spread of the COVID-19 virus has significant implications for the full scope of the healthcare continuum, including the HME community. In response, CMS, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) have thus far released broadly applicable information related to working with patients and protecting healthcare personnel. This page serves as a resource for the Home Medical Equipment community with all resources in one place.
Testing Sites in Florida
FAHCS' Lobbyist spoke with the Department of Health (DOH) about testing and test manufacturing is limited at the moment to IDT, Biophire, and Cephid. The biophire test isn’t live yet, but IDT has been up for a week and Cephid went live Friday, March 20th.
The two commercial labs running the tests are LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics. The DOH chief of staff believes that all LabCorp and Quest locations are taking COVID samples.
Please click HERE for a list of TESTING SITES BY COUNTY
Some Helpful Links:
State/Local COVID-19 Response
3M Update on Mask Disinfecting
Small Business COVID-19 Briefing
SBA Paycheck Protection Program
US Treasury Small Business Assistance
Staff Letter Sample During Emergency
IRS Paid Leave Information
FL Surgeon General Essential Business Letter